Last night I gave our bettas dinner and noticed that one of them didn't come out to eat after a few minutes. I started looking around his tank and spotted him inside his terra cotta pot, but he didn't seem to be moving. So I moved aside some leaves obscuring his pot and saw the most horrid thing. Our Atilla had been exploring and tried to go through the small hole in the bottom of his pot, but he was too big and the poor baby had gotten stuck halfway through and died. It was so terrible. My fiancee Homegrown terror heard me saying "oh god" over and over and came to see what was wrong. As Tilly was his favorite betta I tried everything to get him to stay away and not look because it was so pitiful. He looked anyway and I just started crying so hard and couldn't stop. All I could think of was how terrible and scary it must have been for Tilly when he realized he couldn't get out, and how awful it was for him to be stuck there, suffocating.
After this, homegrown put baffle sponges in all of our tanks to make sure nothing like that ever happens again.
Poor Atilla, he was gigantic and beautiful and such an explorer... We will miss you so much Tilly.